Pete Hammond

Pete Hammond
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 79% Good Boys (2019) Jabob Tremblay and pals score big laughs in this comedy filled with dirty words and heart -- just don't bring anyone along who is actually their age. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/5 76% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Our fine feathered friends are back with some hilarious stuff proving the second time around for these Angry birds is superior to the original. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/5 47% After the Wedding (2019) Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams shine (of course) in this American remake of the Danish Oscar nominated film. A bit melodramatic but a great vehicle for two superb actors. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
4/5 97% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Shia LaBeouf and Zack Gottsagen make the perfect pair to go on the lam in this engaging Mark Twain-ish adventure that flows as smoothly as the river it takes place around. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
2.5/5 82% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Strictly for those whose heads don't reach above the seat, this over-the-top slapsticky adventure is well-meaning and certainly enthusiastic, but it plays even more like kids TV than its original inspiration even did. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/5 58% Brian Banks (2019) Aldis Hodge in a star-making performance in an inspirational and powerful true story set in an unjust system of justice. An important and timely movie . - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
5/5 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) A purebred original and a human and humane motion picture that is glorious. A must for both dog and movie lovers. Kevin Costner as the voice of Enzo gives one of his best performances - and he's not even on screen. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt make a dynamic pair in Quentin Tarantino's most personal - and best - movie yet. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
5/5 95% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) Cinephiles will be in heaven , but Be Natural is also an astounding story of how the very first woman director had her life's work wiped off Hollywood's map. It is also a great detective story about how she has been rediscovered. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
5/5 99% The Farewell (2019) Awkwafina is at another crazy Asian wedding but this one comes from real life truths and lies . - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
2/5 42% Stuber (2019) Give Kumail Nanjiani five stars for trying to lyft this overworked and overly violent action comedy, but to no avail. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
5/5 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) The musical legend comes alive in a brutally honest and brilliantly composed documentary. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
4/5 82% This Changes Everything (2019) A compelling and urgent documentary about gender inequity in Hollywood will prove an eye opener for women - and men - universally. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
4/5 52% The Lion King (2019) All bow down to Jon Favreau's visually stunning triumph. If I didn't know better I would think this was a Disneynature movie, not a revolutionary form of animation. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) This post Endgame Marvel Cinematic Universe entry is helped greatly by great European locales and a terrific Tom Holland, making this a Spider-Man who still has it. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
4/5 63% Yesterday (2019) All you need is love and some great Beatles tunes to create a summer musical delight, and that is what Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis have done with Yesterday. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
5/5 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) See. This. Movie. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
5/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Woody and the gang are back in a sublime sequel that gets stolen by a spork named forky. Pixar just keeps topping itself. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
4/5 93% Wild Rose (2019) A star is born in Jessie Buckley who makes Wild Rose a memorable movie to savor. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
3/5 66% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Another day, another doll as Warners seeks to squeeze every scare it can to conjure up more boxoffice from this toy, right on the heels of doll movies Toy Story 4 and Child's Play. It is fun too. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
2.5/5 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Occasionally amusing , even inspired , but ultimately disappointing zombie satire from Jim Jarmusch largely wastes the talents of a game cast and is instantly forgettable. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
2/5 22% Men in Black International (2019) The fourth installment of the MiB franchise is one too many. Despite the efforts of Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, these stars should have stuck with Thor. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
3/5 32% Shaft (2019) Samuel L. Jackson leads three generations of John Shafts in a fun action-filled reunion that is a smart take in a 2019 that is very much different than 1971 when the first Shaft came around. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/5 80% Late Night (2019) Emma Thompson rates highly in writer/co-star Mindy Kaling's delightful insightful comedy set in the world of late night TV talk shows. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2.5/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Fans of the X-Men series looking for a satisfying endgame to the movie franchise might be disappointed by what they get - or don't get - here. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 86% Pavarotti (2019) Ron Howard's thrilling documentary on Luciano Pavarotti is a must see for opera lovers , and for non-lovers it just might change your tune. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
4.5/5 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Strong additions to the pack make this another animated winner for Illumination. A movie not just for kids, but for pet lovers everywhere. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2.5/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) He's Big, Bad, Loud, And Back - along with a few scary and scaly friends. Godzilla completists will line up. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 89% Rocketman (2019) The ultimate Elton John movie musical Rocketman gets liftoff from a sensational performance by Taron Egerton. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/5 54% Ma (2019) Octavia Spencer burns up the screen as a teenager's friend from hell in this entertaining horror movie that marks the Oscar winner's first leading role in a movie - and well deserved. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/5 51% Tolkien (2019) Nicholas Hoult is excellent in this origin story of how the Hobbit master found his inner Gandalf. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 66% Wine Country (2019) Amy Poehler , with lots of help from her SNL pals, makes a fun directorial feature debut with this hilarious journey to Napa for a girls trip to remember. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
2/5 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Strictly for fans. Ryan Reynolds gives it a nice try but this live action/CGI Pokemon movie isn't all it could have been for those who don't worship the video game. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 49% A Dog's Journey (2019) An emotional and heartfelt sequel with real purpose makes this a journey well worth taking. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 61% Trial by Fire (2019) Ed Zwick delivers a powerful true story that takes the justice system in Texas and America head on. Superb performances from Jack O'Connell and Laura Dern. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 81% Long Shot (2019) Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron are an improbable pairing for a romcom but it is a winning ticket all the way. Long Shot indeed, but it comes out on top even when Rogen goes too far with schtick. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
2.5/5 31% The Intruder (2019) It's as ludicrous and completely lacking in credibility as you might expect , but it is also oddly entertaining thanks to a go-for-broke loopy psychotic turn from Dennis Quaid who makes this fun in its own way. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 27% UglyDolls (2019) It may not be perfect but this snappy animated musical confection has plenty of charms of its own. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
75% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) The Sound of My Voice is the perfect title for a film that expertly captures why Ronstadt was such a unique performer - a voice that could lend itself to any form of music she tried... - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
4/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Avengers: Endgame will have fans singing its praises - and they should. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
2/5 57% Under the Silver Lake (2019) Andrew Garfield does his best in this pointless and plodding magical mystery tour through the underbelly of Los Angeles. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
4/5 81% Fast Color (2019) A female-empowered superhero movie unlike any other you have ever seen -- and that's a very good thing. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/5 73% Teen Spirit (2019) An engaging story made worthwhile by a revelatory musical performance from Elle Fanning who proves she is the real deal when it comes to singing pop. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/5 46% Little (2019) Although too often repetitive, and yes another knockoff of "Big", the three strong female stars of Little make it worth checking out. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/5 89% Missing Link (2019) Not on the scale of their past efforts, this latest from stop motion specialists Laika is still a real animated charmer. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
4/5 53% The Best of Enemies (2019) In the vein of Oscar winners like In The Heat Of The Night and Green Book, this film is a surprising and riveting true story. It may be set in 1971 but its plea for tolerance is about as timely as it gets in the polarizing and angry era of Trump. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 47% Dumbo (2019) It's not the original , but in Tim Burton's live action reimagining of Dumbo you will STILL believe an elephant can fly. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
2/5 56% The Beach Bum (2019) Matthew McConaughey's latest stoner flick , The Beach Bum, isn't exactly a career high point. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 56% The Highwaymen (2019) Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson chase Bonnie And Clyde in a winning movie that sets the record straight about the Texas Rangers who finally did them in. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 75% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn are terrific in this brutal but riveting crime drama, another triumph for writer/director S. Craig Zahler. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019